Congressional Leaders Near Deal to Raise Spending Over Two Years

New York Times, Feb 7, 2018
by Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders, disregarding President Trump’s threats to shut down the government, neared a far-reaching agreement on Wednesday to set spending levels on military and domestic spending for the next two years, breaking the cycle of fiscal crises that have bedeviled the Capitol since last summer.

The accord was expected to also include disaster relief for areas hit by last year’s hurricanes and wildfires.

Nevertheless, it sparked immediate opposition from the leader of House Democrats, Representative Nancy Pelosi, who said she could not agree to any budget deal that was not accompanied by a promised debate over legislation to protect the fate of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, known as Dreamers.

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